Musical Magic

7 Aug

Andy Shauf’s “The Magician” sounds undeniably retro. It harkens back to something Paul McCartney could have released solo early on or with wings. In fact it brings to mind the beginning, slow building parts of “Band on the Run.”

Shauf wears the singer songwriter brand on his heart and it is impossible not to embrace fully. The instrumentation has that soft McCartney feel which is layered and dynamic, strings rounding out the sound of the song before it even begins, and then when it does actually start, Shauf’s voice is so smooth and easy to listen to. Even his vocals bring to mind McCartney not to mention the way the tune is structured.

“The Magician” could have easily been a song that was released back in the 70s, but it also works as a track that is released in 2016 and the credit all belongs to Shauf who bridges the gap between decades with an effortless manner. It’s no easy feat but Shauf makes it seem like it is, and there lies the magic of the track.

Memorable in every way possible, the throwback element to the song only makes the particular track more enjoyable and this reviewer for one can’t wait to see what’s next from this artist.


  • Darker Days (2009)
  • The Bearer of Bad News (2012)
  • The Party (2016)


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